LinkedIn keeps giving me a heart attack.
I use my cellphone to wake myself up in the morning. And to enrich time while waiting in line, waiting for a friend, etc. Also, as part of my goal to write 3000 words (that matter) every day, I turn off wireless on my PC to block the Internet. Then I use my cellphone to sneak an illicit peek at email.
In these usage cases, LinkedIn keeps presenting dire messages in my cell-delivered email:
| Your connection [name_here] has end |
What?! It’s over between us? My dear [connection] has broken the link?
Or worse? My connection’s pull-by shelf date has expired?
You’d think that my 6:30 a.m. brain would have learned by now. The End message just means:
Your connection has clicked an Endorse box, because they see your smiling face and they like you.
You already know the joke: LinkedIn is Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr’s boring uncle (who doesn’t even get drunk and tell embarrassing but entertaining stories at Thanksgiving).
How to keep my boring uncle from sending alarming news about my friends each morning?
I could search Help. Instead, I searched “linkedIn is Boring” and found:
Today at 6:30 a.m., I remembered my Privacy training from Msft. Big-time corporations have to let you escape automated email without also asking for your full name, SocSec#, DOB, and last ten login passwords to send to their top 25 spam buddies. Ah, here it is, the small print:
Tomorrow at 6:30 a.m., I will only worry that I have no friends at all.
Now about those 3000 meaningful words I’m supposed to write today …
P.S.: Dear Uncle LinkedIn: It’s a low-character count world. Get with it!
Your email message title should be:
[Connection_Name] has endorsed you
However, this email business is over between us now. Goodbye forever!